Chillin' in the 'Ville helps
christen PWSB River Stage
Hundreds sampled chili and mac 'n cheese as they enjoyed performances by two bands during the first-ever Chillin' in the 'Ville in Thiensville's Village Park on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Port Washington State Bank River Stage, which was completed in June. The new stage already has been used by several bands during Family Fun Before the 4th and at several Food Truck Nights this summer.
Guests at the event enjoyed servings of chili and mac 'n cheese from area restaurants and other businesses. After trying all the options, they cast votes for their favorites. Shully’s Cuisine & Events won top honors for chili, while Silverado North Shore earned the win for mac and cheese.
Others competing – some in both categories – were Ferrante’s, Crave, That Taco Guy, Chuck’s Place, Remington’s River Inn, Prime Minister and Piggly Wiggly in Mequon.
The day kicked off with entertainment by DJ Matt, who had a stage full of children dancing to “Baby Shark” and other hits. After the ribbon-cutting -- which included remarks by James Schowalter, senior vice president and chief credit officer of PWSB, as well as Village President Van Mobley -- the Dan Lloyd Group entertained the crowd with jazz. As the sky grew dark, Simply ID played hits to an audience that lingered into the night.
Proceeds from Chillin’ in the ’Ville bring Village Park ReImagined closer to its goal of building a splash pad. If fundraising remains on track, the interactive water feature will be completed in the summer of 2020.